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    "The Protester"

    As it has for the past eight decades, Time magazine selected its person of the year Wednesday morning. The magazine's editors chose the man or woman (or sometimes group or idea) they believe had the greatest impact during the past twelve months, for good or for ill. In 2011, they chose: “The Protester.”

    “No one could have known that when a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire in a public square, it would incite protests that would topple dictators and start a global wave of dissent,” the magazine writes. “In 2011, protesters didn’t just voice their complaints; they changed the world.”

    Over the past year, “the protester” has voiced dissent against authoritarian leaders, first in Tunisia, and then in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain. The protester in Spain and in Greece, which even had its own protest dog, struggled with a floundering economy. The protester voiced anger over possibly rigged elections, in countries as diverse as Russia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the U.S., the Occupy Wall Street protester began demonstrating first in New York, and then in Washington, Chicago, and cities as small as Trenton, N.J.

    In this year’s report, Time pieced together what all these revolutions have in common, why they protest, and what the legacy of the year’s protests will be. The magazine profiles a citizen journalist who started the live stream for Occupy Wall Street from Zuccotti Park, and a protester in Mexico who has had enough of the drug violence in that country.

    “The protester” this year beat out Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, newly royal Kate Middleton, Navy Adm. William McRaven, and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

    “There was a lot of consensus among our people,” Stengel told the “Today” show about the choice of the protester. “It felt right.”

    “Many are outraged by this choice and will hold a demo,” joked Andrew Stroehlein, of the International Crisis Group, of the choice.

    At first glance, the social media universer greeted the choice with few complaints — unlike with last year’s contentious decision. So many people were upset when Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg took the title over WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, Time editor spoke out in defense of the cover.

    There are some hints of dissent. “Time's ‘Person of the Year’ is the person they did not put on their U.S. edition covers,” The Post’s Anup Kaphle wrote on Twitter.

    In a viral screengrab, Internet users complained about the Dec. 5 cover story selection. Time Magazine put a protester with the headline “Revolution Redux on the cover of its Europe, Asia and South Pacific editions, but opted for the headline “Why Anxiety is Good For You” on the cover of its U.S. edition.

    "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.” -- Gen. George S. Patton

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    At least TIME didn't pick this guy:



    Or, this guy:

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    Time magazine's 2011 Dead Person of the Year
    "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.” -- Gen. George S. Patton

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    Time magazine's 2011 Dead Person of the Year
    Does the person have to be alive? I mean he died in October.

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    Hooray, let's glorify ignorance and laziness!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OctobanAnimal View Post
    Hooray, let's glorify ignorance and laziness!
    I would like to think that you are just trying to start shit.....or maybe I am misunderstanding what your saying......because to make a sweeping generalization that protesters are ignorant and lazy is, quite frankly......a ignorant and lazy statement.

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    I gotta get this off my chest, and this seems an appropriate place.

    I'm fed up to my earlobes with Democrats bitching and moaning about the One Percent. (Before I go further, let me state for the record that I have no love for Republicans, either. Snakes of a different stripe, is all.)

    Protesters are up in arms about the One Percent who control the wealth, but their anger is amazingly misdirected. Here's a verifiable fact: nearly half of the members of the United State Congress are millionaires (45 percent, last I saw). And it's equally split between Dems and GOPs.

    The problem with the country is not rich people. The problem with this country is we have a corrupt government.

    Do a little research about the country's top 20 companies and look at their campaign contributions. Again, it's by and large equally split between Dems and GOPs. In other words, the biggest financial institutions, oil companies, media companies are hedging their bets and supporting both parties. They are buying votes.

    Why aren't protesters targeting this? This is the cause of our country's woes.

    Again, almost half of our representatives in D.C. qualify as the One Percent - multi millionaires. They are money-focused and money-driven people, and they see "serving" in Congress as a way to keep their pockets well padded for life.

    It's corrupt and crooked. This is legal graft. These contributions are legal bribes. Nothing more.

    And these are the people who are creating and protecting this corrupt and crooked system. These (for the most part) white, rich men are creating the laws that protect white, rich men. They write the tax codes to benefit their cronies and themselves. They write the laws and exclude themselves and massive corporations from having to comply with these laws.

    When will people get mad as hell about this?

    Dems keep whining about how the One Percent should pay more taxes. Fuck that! How about let's end the corruption so the system isn't completely slanted in favor of a select few?

    How?

    Here's a start: 1) Term limits at the federal level, just like the president. No more career politicians who are bought and sold each election cycle. 2) Strict laws outlining when a representative must recuse him or herself from a vote. In other words, if X percent of your campaign funds came from the tobacco industry or employees of the tobacco industry, you are not allowed a vote on anything dealing with the tobacco industry. Can people really NOT see how corrupt this is? 3) a Constitutional amendment stating that any legislation signed by the president of the United States must apply to all citizens of the United States with ZERO exceptions.

    Sorry for the rant, but ... fuck! Stop this class warfare and focus the hate on the people who actually caused this clusterfuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddE View Post
    I gotta get this off my chest, and this seems an appropriate place.

    I'm fed up to my earlobes with Democrats bitching and moaning about the One Percent. (Before I go further, let me state for the record that I have no love for Republicans, either. Snakes of a different stripe, is all.)

    Protesters are up in arms about the One Percent who control the wealth, but their anger is amazingly misdirected. Here's a verifiable fact: nearly half of the members of the United State Congress are millionaires (45 percent, last I saw). And it's equally split between Dems and GOPs.

    The problem with the country is not rich people. The problem with this country is we have a corrupt government.

    Do a little research about the country's top 20 companies and look at their campaign contributions. Again, it's by and large equally split between Dems and GOPs. In other words, the biggest financial institutions, oil companies, media companies are hedging their bets and supporting both parties. They are buying votes.

    Why aren't protesters targeting this? This is the cause of our country's woes.

    Again, almost half of our representatives in D.C. qualify as the One Percent - multi millionaires. They are money-focused and money-driven people, and they see "serving" in Congress as a way to keep their pockets well padded for life.

    It's corrupt and crooked. This is legal graft. These contributions are legal bribes. Nothing more.

    And these are the people who are creating and protecting this corrupt and crooked system. These (for the most part) white, rich men are creating the laws that protect white, rich men. They write the tax codes to benefit their cronies and themselves. They write the laws and exclude themselves and massive corporations from having to comply with these laws.

    When will people get mad as hell about this?

    Dems keep whining about how the One Percent should pay more taxes. Fuck that! How about let's end the corruption so the system isn't completely slanted in favor of a select few?

    How?

    Here's a start: 1) Term limits at the federal level, just like the president. No more career politicians who are bought and sold each election cycle. 2) Strict laws outlining when a representative must recuse him or herself from a vote. In other words, if X percent of your campaign funds came from the tobacco industry or employees of the tobacco industry, you are not allowed a vote on anything dealing with the tobacco industry. Can people really NOT see how corrupt this is? 3) a Constitutional amendment stating that any legislation signed by the president of the United States must apply to all citizens of the United States with ZERO exceptions.

    Sorry for the rant, but ... fuck! Stop this class warfare and focus the hate on the people who actually caused this clusterfuck.
    This is a great post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve mcqueen View Post
    I would like to think that you are just trying to start shit.....or maybe I am misunderstanding what your saying......because to make a sweeping generalization that protesters are ignorant and lazy is, quite frankly......a ignorant and lazy statement.
    Not all protesters, you are right. But I have yet to see or hear any protester from the "Occupy" movement that didnt strike me as either lazy or ignorant or both. So sorry to have hurt your feelings, if I did, I did not mean to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddE View Post
    I gotta get this off my chest, and this seems an appropriate place.

    I'm fed up to my earlobes with Democrats bitching and moaning about the One Percent. (Before I go further, let me state for the record that I have no love for Republicans, either. Snakes of a different stripe, is all.)

    Protesters are up in arms about the One Percent who control the wealth, but their anger is amazingly misdirected. Here's a verifiable fact: nearly half of the members of the United State Congress are millionaires (45 percent, last I saw). And it's equally split between Dems and GOPs.

    The problem with the country is not rich people. The problem with this country is we have a corrupt government.

    Do a little research about the country's top 20 companies and look at their campaign contributions. Again, it's by and large equally split between Dems and GOPs. In other words, the biggest financial institutions, oil companies, media companies are hedging their bets and supporting both parties. They are buying votes.

    Why aren't protesters targeting this? This is the cause of our country's woes.

    Again, almost half of our representatives in D.C. qualify as the One Percent - multi millionaires. They are money-focused and money-driven people, and they see "serving" in Congress as a way to keep their pockets well padded for life.

    It's corrupt and crooked. This is legal graft. These contributions are legal bribes. Nothing more.

    And these are the people who are creating and protecting this corrupt and crooked system. These (for the most part) white, rich men are creating the laws that protect white, rich men. They write the tax codes to benefit their cronies and themselves. They write the laws and exclude themselves and massive corporations from having to comply with these laws.

    When will people get mad as hell about this?

    Dems keep whining about how the One Percent should pay more taxes. Fuck that! How about let's end the corruption so the system isn't completely slanted in favor of a select few?

    How?

    Here's a start: 1) Term limits at the federal level, just like the president. No more career politicians who are bought and sold each election cycle. 2) Strict laws outlining when a representative must recuse him or herself from a vote. In other words, if X percent of your campaign funds came from the tobacco industry or employees of the tobacco industry, you are not allowed a vote on anything dealing with the tobacco industry. Can people really NOT see how corrupt this is? 3) a Constitutional amendment stating that any legislation signed by the president of the United States must apply to all citizens of the United States with ZERO exceptions.

    Sorry for the rant, but ... fuck! Stop this class warfare and focus the hate on the people who actually caused this clusterfuck.
    Nice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve mcqueen View Post
    I would like to think that you are just trying to start shit.....or maybe I am misunderstanding what your saying......because to make a sweeping generalization that protesters are ignorant and lazy is, quite frankly......a ignorant and lazy statement.
    Dude....really. He's not far off the mark from what I've seen either. There maybe a handful (let's say one percent just for fun) that are out there with their head screwed on straight, but for the most part what I see is societies problems. Self entitled asshole punk asses for socialism. (We'll call them SEAPAFS!) This is just my opinion. No offense if you marched.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seenbad View Post
    Dude....really. He's not far off the mark from what I've seen either. There maybe a handful (let's say one percent just for fun) that are out there with their head screwed on straight, but for the most part what I see is societies problems. Self entitled asshole punk asses for socialism. (We'll call them SEAPAFS!) This is just my opinion. No offense if you marched.
    SEAPAFS, thanks for the laugh!

    Just think, a bunch of idiot students in Garfield H.S. in Seattle were staging a walkout today because they want more money for schools. This, after voters in Seattle passed a $232 Million school levy last month. A local tv station aired an interview with one of the kids. He was mad that they took away their $0.75 tokens to ride the public transit buses and now they have to pay the $0.75 themselves. Oh, and now they dont have money for basketball shoes for the school teams. WTF? Since when should the public pay for student athletes basketball shoes? It was never like that when I played. That's what team fundraisers, like car washes and whatnot, are for. The students actually DOING something to earn it. The "gimme, gimme, gimme" generation. Ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seenbad View Post
    Dude....really. He's not far off the mark from what I've seen either. There maybe a handful (let's say one percent just for fun) that are out there with their head screwed on straight, but for the most part what I see is societies problems. Self entitled asshole punk asses for socialism. (We'll call them SEAPAFS!) This is just my opinion. No offense if you marched.
    Dude.....really, you should go back to reading Blazer injury reports

    Seriously.....If someone said that the Occupy Movement is a bunch of idiots who don't even know what their protesting, then maybe I could agree.....a very small percentage actually have an agenda for the movement.....but to make a sweeping generalization of protests and protesters is ignorant......and lazy as to not take into account of the protests and movements that have made a difference....

    I fail to see how Time magazine is glorifying the "lazy and ignorant" by paying tribute to people who are trying to change their quality of life for them and their families.....The protesters in the middle east risked their lives for change....hardly lazy

    Rosa parks wasn't ignorant when her actions preceded the Montgomery Bus Strike.....The Dutch wern't being ignorant when they were the only country during WW2 that protested the Holocast with a general strike in Amsterdam.....MLK?.....Caesar Chavez?.....Ghandi?......The Boston Tea Party?....Tiananmen Square?.......Thich Quang Duc?.....Harvey Milk?

    If the goverment is as corrupt as you guys say it is.....what other way to people have to affect change other than to take it to the streets and get in someones face.....it sure as hell gets people attention.....and there were a lot of great people who felt this way and did someting about it.....and forced goverments to make changes for the better.....hardly lazy or ignorant.....or even "punk-asses"

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    Nah, these guys....they're punk asses.

    Seriously, most are sheep. There are very few leaders with anything worthwhile to say, if any. I haven't found one yet.
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